Sunday, 17 November 2013

PHIL JULIAN


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CHEAPMACHINES
Year:  2011
Country:  UK
Artist:    Phil Julian
Label:    Beartown rec.
Format:    cassette
Tracks:    5
Time:    33 min.
Genre:    electronic
Style:          Noise
















"Beartown Records" is pleased to welcome back CHEAPMACHINES, heard here providing one half of a terrifying whole. The other is bestowed upon us by stoic noise label hero Phil Julian. One slice of the ribbon each, documenting the continual breakdown and reconstruction of a furious vacuum, and an incremental removal and addition over a timeless span of excess and paucity. Definitely one for reaching those states of consciousness that other noise tapes just can't get to! Pop this on the walkman and see a cityscape or countryside vista transformed into a collage of forms and shapes, shifting on imperceptibely subtle trajectories. Welcome to the interzone, leave your shoes by the door. With water-coloured tapes and "Serbian cosmos" artwork.
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CHEAPMACHINES
"Cast"
Year:    2009
Country:    UK
City:    London
Artist:    Phil Julian
Label:    Beartown rec.
Format:  cassette
Edition:    30 copies
Tracks:    2
Time:    20 min.
Genre:    electronic
Style:          Drone          Noise


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"Recent Errors"
Year:    2012
Country:    UK
Artist:    Phil Julian
Label:     Absence of Wax
Format:    net
Tracks:    1
Time:    21 min.
Genre:    electronic
Style:          Noise
















Under both the Cheapmachines alias and his own name, Phil Julian has been venturing across various strains of unorthodox sound since the late 1990′s, with his prolific output on a catalogue of imprints encompassing sonic textures that run the gamut from harsh squalls of noise to compositions using hyper-minimalistic timbres and drones.   He currently lives and works in London, England.  Studio recordings and live performances within Europe and North America have focused on the use of analogue electronics (particularly unstable and/or chaotic systems – modular analogue synthesizers, feedback, contact microphones, objects and surfaces) and computer based works.  Audio works by Julian have been published on labels including Entr’acte, Banned Production, Tapeworm, Harbinger Sound, Staalplaat (Open Circuit imprint), con-v, Anarchymoon, Second Layer, Beartown Records, Homophoni, Zeromoon as well as numerous compilation appearances.  He also runs the Authorised Version label.   Julian has collaborated on remixes, recordings and performances with Maurizio Bianchi, A Band, Tomas Korber, Michael Renkel, Ryan Jordan, Jason Kahn, Daniel Jones, Kostis Kilymis, John Macedo, Nihilist Assault Group, The New Blockaders and GX Jupitter-Larsen of The Haters as well as being a member of the improvised drone ensemble Signals with Mark Beazley and Chris Gowers and playing as part of Mark Wastell’s improvising group The Seen.
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